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John Mason Norvell’s Civil War Memoir 3

  John Mason Norvell, the son of Michigan U.S. Senator John Norvell (1789-1850) and his third wife, Isabella H. Norvell (1804-1873), was a career soldier. He prepared this memoir in 1866, his story continues during the Peninsular Campaign of 1862. … Continue reading

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John Mason Norvell’s Civil War Memoir 2

John Mason Norvell, the son of Michigan U.S. Senator John Norvell (1789-1850) and his third wife, Isabella H. Norvell (1804-1873), was a career soldier. He prepared this memoir in 1866, his story continues after Bull Run. Sep 1, 1861 Brigade … Continue reading

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Nashville — December 1864

In 1864, Confederate General John Bell Hood moved north into Tennessee in an attempt to engage General William T. Sherman. Hood marched to Nashville to capture the Union supply depot. Unfortunately for the Henry L. Norvell family, their plantation “Leafy … Continue reading

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Death of a Hero

My Uncle Harold died at 91 recently, he was a veteran of  World War II and survived the Battle of the Bulge, that alone would make him a hero to me.  But  it was what followed  this battle that  showed … Continue reading

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Saluting our Veterans

  There is an old saying about combat: “If you’ve been there you understand, if you haven’t I can never tell you about it.” One can look at the history of a battle, but never really know what the combatants … Continue reading

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Citizen Soldiers

  In teaching a course on Gettysburg this fall, I have come to think a lot about the citizen soldier. Several generations of the Norvells in my family served our nation, many finding themselves in the front lines: — Lipscomb … Continue reading

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Gettysburg — Some thoughts II

Gettysburg today is considered to be the decisive battle in the Civil War.   And that is what 19th century commanders strived for– the one big knock out punch that removed the enemy from the field. Yet at the time, … Continue reading

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Gettysburg – Some thoughts

  No event has impacted the American psyche as much as the Civil War and this battle in particular. If we were to look for an event that equals its impact in the 20th century, only the Great Depression would … Continue reading

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At Gettysburg – Part II

Freeman Norvell, son of U.S. Senator John Norvell of Michigan and his third wife, Isabella Hodgkiss Norvell,  had served in the Mexican War as a Marine 2nd Lt in the “Halls of Montezuma.”  He was breveted a 1st Lt. for … Continue reading

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With the Buffalo Soldiers

  STEVENS THOMPSON NORVELL (born February 14, 1835 -died August 20, 1911, Ogunquit, Maine of Bright’s Disease) enlisted in the army on January 23, 1858 as a private in Company A 5th Infantry. After the Civil War,  he was assigned to … Continue reading

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